An English Canon?

Maybin, Janet (1996). An English Canon? In: Maybin, Janet and Mercer, Neil eds. Using English: From conversation to canon. London: Routledge, pp. 235–274.


About the book: This collection of essays explores the diversity of contemporary English language use, both spoken and written, around the world. The first chapters focus on the use of English within various kinds of interpersonal communication, and later chapters look at artistic and creative products of English speakers and writers, discussing the kinds of cultural achievement they represent. Some chapters address variation in terms of: accent, dialect, and other social and regional forms; written versus spoken forms; and adaptation of language use to serve particular purposes and conform to the conventions of particular kinds of cultural event.

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